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What sci/fi story is this? A world without emotion, a young boy on 'exhibit'

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because he does have emotions, one of his caretakers runs away with him but finally decides that emotions are too painful, he voluntarily returns for 'treatment' and returns the boy to his home.


I'm not positive if it's a long story or a novel. The movie "Equilibrium" made me think of it, but the story I'm remembering is not one referenced as an inspiration.


Edited to add more details: the boy is fairly young, maybe 7? they (the caregivers) intentionally induce strong emotion, happiness at a new goldfish or distress at missing his parents, so that he laughs and cries for the audience (which he is not aware of).

Edited by katilac
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